Deftones Done Recording The Music For Next Album

April 15, 2024

Deftones singer Chino Moreno and drummer Abe Cunningham was interviewed backstage at this year’s Coachella Festival and talked about following up ’20s “Ohms” album. Moreno said, “We haven’t really talked much about it. We’ve just sort of been working on and off over the last year and a half from when we started writing to… Basically, where we’re sitting right now is we have a whole record recorded all musically. And it’s pretty much my job right now to finish up the vocals. And I have, obviously, this show again next week, and then straight after that, I go back home to Oregon and I go in the studio. So as long as that takes… I hate to put a definite kind of timeframe, ’cause we’re not really in a rush. We want it to be great. I think that’s most important. But it is coming, and, yeah, it’s really good. We’re really excited with what we’ve been working on. And everybody’s jazzed.”

As for what you can expect in terms of musical-direction, Moreno said, “I feel like, overall, it’s an invigorated kind of sound. We went in and everybody… It’s, like, after all these years, you go in, and it’s, like, we hadn’t written a record since — what was it? Pre-COVID, I think, when we were last in the studio. So it’d been a while since we’d actually… I mean, we’ve been playing shows, but we hadn’t really got into being creative. The creative part, to me, is always kind of the funnest part of being in this band. Performing is great, but coming up with something out of nothing, that feeling cannot be topped. And so when you get in the room with your friends, we’re laughing, we’re having fun and then someone does something and then I react to it or they react to what I’m doing, it goes in a circle and then, all of a sudden, we lift our heads up and there’s something that exists that didn’t exist before we walked in that room. That’s just great.”

You may remember reading about this last fall, guitarist Stephen Carpenter was on The “Gnostic Academy” podcast and confirmed that they’re once again working with producer Nick Raskulinecz (RUSH, Mastodon, Alice In Chains). Raskulinecz also worked on Deftones 2010’s “Diamond Eyes” and 2012’s “Koi No Yokan” albums.

Deftones has consistently gotten better and better over the years. Not many bands can say that. Expect a big release, predicting a Top3 on Billboard. LFG!